Celebrating 120 Years of Innovation at Crompton Controls

By Crompton Controls
schedule17th Apr 24

Wakefield based manufacturing firm Crompton Controls celebrates its 120th Anniversary this year. To mark this commemorative occasion, Made in Yorkshire looks back through decades from the company’s humble beginnings as Brooks Motors in 1904 to their latest innovations as Crompton Controls in 2024. Their journey through time showcases the evolution, perseverance, and commitment to excellence that define this remarkable company.

Origins and Vision:

Founded on the principles of simplicity and hard work, Brooks Motors emerged as a humble endeavour with a grand vision in 1904. From its inception, the company's focus was clear: deliver quality products and unparalleled service. Dave Chappell, Managing Director at Crompton Controls, reflects on the journey and encapsulates the essence of their success: 

"We've picked up new customers, we've maintained customers, we've improved efficiencies, and embraced innovation—all while staying true to our founding principles." 

(image: past relics from the beginnings of Crompton Controls) 

Timeline of Crompton Control’s Company History

Impact on the Industry:

Over the decades, Crompton Controls has left an indelible mark on the industry landscape. From pioneering industrial electric motors to introducing cutting-edge automation and smart control solutions, their impact reverberates through industrial history. "We've been at the forefront of efficiency," remarks Dave, "constantly pushing the boundaries, introducing new technologies, and adapting to meet the evolving needs of our customers."

(image L to R: Dave Chappell and some of the team at Crompton Controls) 

Commitment to Quality and Sustainability:

Crompton Controls has created an unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability. Their journey towards sustainability is evident in their initiatives to reduce plastic usage, digitise operations, and embrace energy-efficient solutions. Dave said: "We're not just a business; we're custodians of the environment," emphasising their dedication to responsible practices that ensure a greener tomorrow.

Employee Appreciation:

Central to their journey are the dedicated individuals who form the backbone of Crompton Controls. With decades of service and unwavering dedication, employees like Jayne Jaques, with 37 years under her belt, embody the spirit of the company. "Our employees are our greatest asset," Dave acknowledges, "their loyalty, innovation, and dedication drive us forward."

Reflecting on her enduring tenure at Crompton Controls, Jayne highlights the company's supportive and nurturing environment. She underscores the value placed on every employee, regardless of their position, and highlights the opportunities for personal growth and development that the company offers. For Jayne, this sense of appreciation and belonging has been a significant factor in her decision to stay with the company for so long. 

(Image: Jayne Jacques - Purchasing Manager at Crompton Controls)

Jayne said: “From the management buyout in 2001 toacquisitions and investments in lean manufacturing, the company has continuously evolved to meet the demands of an ever-changing market.” 

Looking Towards the Future:

As they embark on the next phase of their journey, Crompton Controls remains steadfast in their commitment to growth, innovation, and sustainability. With a vision to double and triple their business within the next five to seven years, their goals are ambitious yet grounded in their core values. "We're not just building a business; we're building a legacy," David asserts, "one that will endure for generations to come."

Values and Ethos:

At the heart of Crompton Controls is a resounding commitment to honesty, hard work, and integrity. As David aptly summarises, "We're professional, inspirational, and trustworthy—a family-driven business with a global vision." 

As Crompton Controls celebrates 120 years of innovation, their journey stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, the spirit of innovation, and the enduring legacy of a company fueled by passion and purpose. Here's to the next 120 years of innovation, growth, and success.

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